Negros Oriental sees rise in hand, foot and mouth disease


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Health officials in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines, have reported a rise in hand, foot, and mouth infectious disease (HFMD).

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)
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About 156 cases have been reported to date, with nine out of ten reported cases in children between the ages of 1 and 10 years.

“The cases are usually not serious and resolve within 7 to 10 days, with the usual treatment of symptoms, such as giving analgesics to those with a fever,” said Acting Chief of the Regional Health Office, Dr Leland Estacion.

She added that isolation is also another way to prevent transmission.

The Office of Public Health will tap into school nurses and embark on massive information dissemination campaigns to alert the public against HFMD.

This comes about a week after the officials arrived Announced Negros Occidental The significant increase in cases in that neighboring county.

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